Perception 3 Seasons 2013

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Season 2
(142) IMDb 7.9/10

2. Alienation TV-14 CC

Pierce's imaginary girlfriend threatens his real-life relationship.

Starring:
Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
July 2, 2013

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Season 2

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Well written show, great actors.
Laura Roberts
The way they deal with mental illness in Perception is done so respectfully, I feel that it puts a positive light on a subject that far too many people try to ignore.
SC
The plot lines are the average police procedural with a twist, however, the character development is thoughtful and very well done.
A. D. Wilkerson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Wilkerson on August 4, 2013
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Mental illness is one of the last taboos in our society. This show tackles the subject straight on, gets us to see the world from the patient's point of view without asking for sympathy, just understanding. It's an amazing show. The plot lines are the average police procedural with a twist, however, the character development is thoughtful and very well done. I was delighted to see Season 2 and hope this show remains a long time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By amberly reilly on October 15, 2013
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We love how this show because it is unlike anything else on tv now a days. Dr. pierce's eccentricity makes this show a must see! This show goes a long way towards dissolving the stigmas traditionally associated with mental health disorders.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By miriam d. davis on July 1, 2013
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WONDERFUL WAY TO OPEN THE SEASON WITH ENOUGH PLOT TWISTS TO KEEP YOU GUESSING FROM BEGINNING TO AN INCREDIBLE SENSITIVE END.DR.DANIEL PIERCE IS A FASCINATING CHARACTER AND ERIC MCCORMICK IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE HIS RELAPSES IN HIS MENTAL ILLNESS IN A SENSITIVE,INSIGHTFUL WAY THAT EDUCATES ALL OF US .ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE INTERESTING AND MULTIDIMENTIONAL.I CAN.T WAIT TO SEE HOW THINGS DEVELOP FOR THE NEXT EPISODE.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Mueller on August 4, 2013
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This is one of the best TV shows on the air today. So many people suffer from mental disabilities, but this is truly a wonderful program and gives you insights as to how people deal with it on a daily basis. LOVE IT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Buchs on August 3, 2013
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So glad I picked up the first season on dvd this past week. Watched the whole season in a few days. I couldn't wait to start Season 2 and was not disappointed. It continues to be a smart, engaging, and thoughtful show. It's wonderful to watch a show where the writers craft characters who teach us about mental health not only by providing information about conditions, but also reflecting how society treats it on a daily basis. The cast is fabulous!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Roberts on July 14, 2013
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Well written show, great actors. The subject matter is very deep & makes you think. Eric McCormack is excellent in this role. I don't think they had to add Scott Wolfe to the mix & push him in our face this season. Even though I like Scott as an actor, Perception doesn't need him. It's just fine without him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 7, 2013
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The first season was just interesting enough to keep me watching to see where the writers were going. The show fits a popular structure: smart guy with a quirk, problem, talent, works with a cute, beautiful, detective to help her solve crimes. Usually homicide. In this case the doc talks to people who are not there. He has a mental problem. He talks to these non-existing people and usually gets input from them that helps solve the case. Good enough for the first season and to rate a second season. The writers are now smart enough to kick it up a notch or two for the second season.

Natalie, one of the Doc's regular hallucinations, appears as a real person. Only she is not Natalie, she is someone the Doc has seen for a brief moment a few years earlier. This becomes a couple of the best episodes in the series and does open doors to an interesting direction. The second season also introduces a new character: the cute cop lady's soon to be ex-husband. Definitely time to broaden the cast and this works. It gives the cute cop lady, who has been pretty bland so far, more to do and more interesting screen time. In the final episodes she finally gets away from just being the Doc's straight man and takes charge. In the second season an interesting series has become a good series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle (Michy) Devon on September 26, 2013
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Okay, some of the stuff they use for plot points takes some 'talking points' from things that are in the headlines of news stories and such, which is kind of cool, to be on top of current events and work them into the storyline, but some of them are really a stretch for believability. Some of the mental disorders he knows about are... well, they're real, but the way they're used in the story are not the way they really happen.

Thinking about the one episode when the girl came back from war and she was unable to talk, but he found that, just because of a certain droop to her face, she could sing! Wow! Yeah, not buying it. Yes, the condition is real (yes, I looked it up--I'm one of 'THOSE' people) but it wouldn't manifest in such a way that he'd be able to tell just by looking at her face.

This was just one example. It's not that the conditions shown are not real, they are... but the way he is able to 'diagnose' them and tell that this is what someone is suffering from an using that to solve crimes just takes a stretch for me to believe.

However, for the sake of wanting to be entertained, I sometimes allow myself to watch the show without yelling at the television, "Oh, come on!" (Okay, so I don't manage to do that, but at least when I'm yelling at the TV, my family is laughing at me while we watch the show.)

So if you can get past the suspension of disbelief issues, Eric McCormack's performance is really quite brilliant. He plays 'crazy' quite well, and unlike some of his post-Will & Grace work, this one seems really suited to his character as an actor--he just plays this part well, and believable in the struggles that a man, a brilliant man, can be limited by but not stopped by his psychological conditions.
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